Have a question about chiropractic care?
See the list of frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us directly.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is the precise delivery of a brief thrust towards a joint that is “fixated” or restricted in movement. Joint adjustments aim to reduce stiffness and pain by restoring proper movement. There are many ways to adjust the spine and Dr. Gaelan is highly trained to deliver safe and accurate adjustments.
What is that cracking noise?
When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape the joint capsule which causes a “popping” noise. This noise is similar to the sound created when you crack your knuckles.
Does an adjustment hurt?
An adjustment is generally a painless process and is used to reduce pain. However, if a patient is already in pain then any movement can be uncomfortable.
Do I have to get adjusted?
No! If you are uncomfortable with a particular treatment approach, then we will work together to achieve your health goals with a different intervention. In addition to adjustments, Dr. Gaelan uses gentle joint mobilizations, instrument assisted adjustments, soft-tissue therapy, and other types of manual therapy (link these interventions to the other pages on the website).
Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe and can be very helpful. At least 50% of pregnant women will experience back pain1-4, with many suffering from severe discomfort that impacts their ability to function. Pregnancy-related back pain is infrequently due to just one cause as it is often multi-factorial. Since the average weight gain is 30 pounds during pregnancy, there is a significant frontal load that is placed on the body. The additional weight during pregnancy adds stress on the back, hips, knees, and ankles/feet. This can alter the way in which we walk, stand, bend, and sleep during pregnancy. The shift in posture throughout the course of pregnancy may cause pain and discomfort, especially in the lower back. Sciatic pain is often reported in pregnant patients and is characterized by pain or numbness travelling down the back of your leg and into your foot. Sciatic pain can be attributed to pelvic imbalances that can arise during pregnancy as the body changes and adapts to a growing belly and postural changes. How Dr. Gaelan can help: - Reduce back and pelvic pain o By providing spinal manipulation, mobilization, and soft-tissue therapy to reduce pain and improve function - Relieve fatigued and aching muscles o By providing soft-tissue therapy, Rock Tape, or recommending stretches - Help prepare for childbirth o By recommending safe and effective stretches and exercises to prepare your body for the baby’s delivery - Ensure a faster recovery o By addressing post-natal biomechanical complaints and rehabilitation 1. Wang, S., Dezinno, P., Maranets, I., Berman, M., Caldwell-Andrews, A., Kain, Z. (2004). Low back pain during pregnancy: prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes. Obstet Gynecol. 104(1): 65-70. 2. Depledge J, McNair PJ, Keal-Smith C, Williams M. (2005). Management of symphysis pubis dysfunction during pregnancy using exercise and pelvic support belts. Physical Therapy. 85(12):1290–1300. 3. Leadbetter RE, Mawer D, Lindow SW. (2004) Symphysis pubis dysfunction: a review of the literature. J Maternal-Fetal Neonatal Medicine. 16:349–354. 4. Borg-Stein J, Dugan SA. (2007). Musculoskeletal disorders of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 18(3):459–476.
Do I need x-rays?
In most cases, patients do not require x-rays. X-rays have limitations, in that they can be used to evaluate bone structure and joint spaces but are unable to assess nerves, muscles, or ligaments. Therefore, your chiropractor should recommend the appropriate imaging for your condition. Sometimes, patients require a diagnostic ultrasound or MRI instead of X-rays. It is important to have a thorough assessment of your condition to determine if X-rays or other forms of imaging are clinically necessary.
How often do I need treatment?
The frequency of treatment depends on several factors: the extent of the injury, the duration (or chronicity) of the injury or problem, other comorbid factors that delay recovery, and your goals. My goal is to resolve or improve your symptoms as quickly as possible. For some patients, they only require one or two treatments to return to optimal health. However, some patients require care on an ongoing basis at regular intervals. The frequency of treatment will be discussed with each patient and will endeavor to help you reach your health goals.